Every film from Roger Ebert's "Great Movies" essays.
The story of a love that became the most fearful thing that ever happened to a woman!
A police detective falls in love with the woman whose murder he's investigating.
The perfect noir comedy of desire, an erotic refraction played in dapper proximity to Hitchcock (what’s taken from Rebecca is passed on to Vertigo). The famous opening introduces aristocratic Manhattan as a perfumed glass cabinet, a whip pan followed without pause by a dolly-in reveals Waldo Lydecker (Clifton Webb) in his bathroom soaking like Marat, venomous typewriter suspended above a marble bathtub. Queenly aesthete and viperish columnist ("sentiment comes easy at 50 cents a word"), he finds a Galatea in Laura (Gene Tierney) and helps her ascend from Madison Ave. go-getter to shimmering socialite. A disfigured corpse brings out the blue-collar detective (Dana Andrews) and the shady bourgeoisie: a sponging playboy (Vincent Price), the "lean, strong body" easily toppled, and…
Noir-November Challenge! Movie #22
Polished Film Noir that hits all the right notes despite the absurd plot twists! A visual banquet for the eyes! The actor that made this film simply delicious was surprisingly enough Clifton Webb!
A mystery film noir directed by Otto Preminger firing on all cylinders. The nights are pitch black, the weather is restless and the brightly lit interiors are filled with cigarette smoke, antique furniture and walking old-fashioned costumes. The atmosphere is stylishly conveyed and acutely perceived. The black and white cinematography is beautifully stark, the camera is moving smoothly, the dissolves are seamless. The sweeping, grandiose and dramatic score gives such weight to unfolding scenes. The dialogue is smart and very well written, excellently punctuated by the cast, part of which are Dana Andrews as the experienced and determined detective and Gene Tierney as the beautiful, attractive and fascinating titular character.
The mystery surrounding the murder is expertly constructed, allowing for…
An incredible film about male projection. LAURA initially plays into the cliché that tends to type all movies that start with the focal character dead, wherein the viewer gets to feel like that person is an active, driving character for the force they continue to exert on the living. But in this case, when Laura is revealed to be alive, her actual presence throws everything that came before into disarray, revealing that image driving the story to be nothing more than the idealized visions of different men in love with her. I've been wanting to watch this movie for years (it spent a solid year near and at the top of my Netflix queue but the disc was always rented out), but never knew anything about it. Imagine my surprise to get not only a great noir an incredibly ahead-of-its-time reflection on noir's pedestal problem.
I don't use a pen. I write with a goose quill dipped in venom.
There's so many films that ended up truly great out of sheer luck, accidents and circumstance. Laura is no different. Otto Preminger struggled in every aspect to have this film made the way he wanted, because there was always someone or something working against him. After fighting to get the cast he wanted however, he was denied the right to direct the film and relegated to producing it.
Rouben Mamoulian was given the directing gig, but when the first dailies came in the studio was less then impressed. Much to Preminger's delight he was given the go ahead to fire Mamoulian and take over…
Murder is my favorite crime.
Otto Preminger's Laura gives so much with so few characters and so few locations, but don't set low standards because the tricks up his sleeve are completely exquisite.
The look alone is everything you'd expect from a classic film noir; rain soaked trench coats, shutter shadows and twists that continue to flourish and flourish. Objects such as a pair of baroque grandfather clocks and a strikingly gorgeous portrait leave a grand impression on otherwise average apartments. Laura herself is a strong feminine lead and best represented by her explanation of why she broke a promise: You forced me to give you my word. I never have been and I never will be bound by anything…
I have always wanted to know where one of my heroes originally came from. Niles Crane of Frazier fame came from the character so brilliantly played by Clifton Webb in a career best role. Having just watched 'The Unsuspected', I can see that both movies stand side by side as great film noirs on a very similar level. In 'Laura', a woman found dead is then resurrected and a number of possible murderers are checked out and played against each other in classic style. Dana Andrews is excellent as the cold and expressionless Det Lt Mark McPherson. Vincent Price and Judith Anderson provide wonderful support, but it is the amazing script and the portrayal of Waldo Lydecker by Clifton Webb and his acidic verbal one liners that steal the show. Grade 'A' to the core. Highly recommended.
I never expected this suspense film to be as good as it was. Tierney and Andrews are great, but the well-written narrative and direction of the film are its best assets. Preminger did not disappoint at all.
"I don't use a pen. I write with a goose quill dipped in venom"
An elegant whodunit with brilliant one liners.
First: Laura I found to be more of a 'let's focus on the mise-en-scene' type of film than one which really pulled me in with the plot and acting. It was boring at some parts and although the plot twist in the third act was interestingly done, the movie as a whole felt like it just kept building and building (very slowly) and never really reached anywhere until the final scene where it was an abrupt ending.
The first obvious connection between the mise-en-scene in Laura and in Double Indemnity was shadows. At many parts in both movies, the directors use shadows as a means to show the mood and portray motives of characters. In the last scene of…
An entertaining look at obsession, but the mystery wasn't etre,sly cunning or surpriseing.
A collection of interweaving stories and lies, luxurious apartments, and high society jerks. Laura is my pick for the finest film noir, the one with the deepest undercurrents, I keep coming back to it.
I'm not sure how many people will read this film the same way I do, but that moment when McPherson falls asleep in the chair, the music ringing, and the camers pulls in before pulling back out as it cuts to Laura alive and well entering the apartment. I always took it as a little nudge or suggestion that he's now dreaming, and everything that comes after is a manifestation of his desire to change the past and save Laura from her horrible fate.
premise is cool, very noirish, vincent price does a great turn as a sleazeball
Essa mimetização da personagem, partindo de três visões masculinas que não estão exatamente atrás de uma mulher, mas de uma utopia feminina, conserva, acima de tudo, uma ambiguidade sempre imperativa. Mesmo com o retorno de Laura, as tais utopias não vem abaixo e nem se confirmam exatamente. Existe essa reiteração constante de uma natureza icônica que só é plena ali naquela realidade evocativa, naquela idealização dos personagens, no quadro na parede, nas lembranças. Uma mulher que, viva, encontra na própria realidade arquetipal do noir sua única possibilidade de existir.
Noir November (Film #15)
"Murder is my favorite crime, I write about it regularly."
Otto Preminger is more famous for his 1959 film Anatomy of a Murder because of Jimmy Stewarts unforgettable performance, but 15 years earlier his 1944 film Laura was nominated for 5 Academy Awards and even came away with a win for best cinematography. When I think classic film noir I think Laura. The reason that this film is so successful is that there's not one aspect that Preminger let slip. Ever detail is well executed. Laura is probably most famous for its shocking storyline. The story begins with a murder like a large number of film noir. Police Detective Mark McPherson begins looking into the recent…
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